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The USMEF Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017 is now available online.


At the November 2016 USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, the USMEF board of directors approved the organization’s strategic plan for 2016-2020. It is available online.


In early May 2017, Congress approved legislation that funds federal government operations through this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The funding bill was signed by President Trump. The legislation includes full funding of $200 million for the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. In September, Congress approved a Fiscal Year 2018 continuing resolution (CR) as part of a hurricane relief package. The CR continued for funding the federal government until December 8, 2017, allowing Congress and the Trump administration time to reach an agreement on FY 2018 funding. Under the CR, no limitations were placed on funding for MAP and FMD, so both programs will continue at their full authorized levels.

UPDATE: Another CR was recently passed that funds the federal government through Dec. 22, 2017.

UPDATE: Facing a Dec. 22 deadline, Congress approved another CR that funds the federal government through Jan. 19, 2018.

UPDATE: The Jan. 19 deadline passed without Senate approval of a continuing resolution (CR), so the federal government shut down at midnight on Jan. 19. On Jan. 22, the Senate appeared ready to approve a compromise stopgap measure that will fund the federal government through Feb. 8, 2018. A cloture motion passed easily, suggesting the CR will receive the 60 votes needed for passage.

As for the impact on USMEF, the organization has been planning for the possibility of a government shutdown for several months. In December 2017, USMEF received an advance on its USDA MAP funding to assure a solid cash position for our operations. All USMEF offices remain open and available to assist U.S. exporters and USMEF members. There have been a number of federal government shutdowns in the past, the most recent being in 2013, usually lasting only a few days. While USMEF is prepared for all contingencies, we remain optimistic that the shutdown will be temporary in nature and we are hopeful for a resolution very soon.

Additional notes on MAP, FMD:

In May 2017, the Trump administration released its FY 2018 budget proposal, which seeks elimination of MAP and FMD. These programs have played a critical role in developing international demand for U.S. red meat, and USMEF members are encouraged to contact legislators and urge their continued support for MAP and FMD. But members should also keep in mind that this is only the first step in a lengthy congressional budget process, and there is strong, bipartisan support for these programs on Capitol Hill. (See below for further updates on this issue as the FY 2018 budget process moves forward.)

On May 26, 2017, the USMEF Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting continued funding of MAP and FMD and encouraging organizations that advocate on behalf of U.S. agriculture to make funding these programs a legislative priority. The full text of the resolution is available online.

In July 2017, MAP and FMD funding fared well in the House and Senate Appropriations Committee markups of the FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. In separate versions of the bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee and by the Senate Appropriations Committee, MAP and FMD were fully funded as authorized in the 2014 farm bill. It is not yet clear when these bills will be considered by the full House or full Senate, but USMEF members are urged to continue contacting legislators to voice support for fully funding these programs as they provide critical support for international marketing of U.S. beef, pork and lamb, as well as other U.S. agricultural exports.

In November 2016, USDA announced the results of an updated study examining the effectiveness of agricultural export development programs funded under the farm bill, including the MAP and FMD programs, from 1977 through 2014. The study found that these programs contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year (a total of more than $309 billion) to U.S. farm export revenue, and identified a 28-to-1 return on investment from these programs.

On Feb. 28, 2017, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing titled, The Next Farm Bill: International Market Development. The primary focus of the hearing was to examine the benefits derived from the MAP and FMD Programs. USMEF CEO Emeritus Philip Seng was invited to testify on the important roles MAP and FMD funding play in expanding global demand for U.S. red meat. More details from the hearing are available online.



Korea-U.S. FTA

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Trade with South Africa

Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and Other Trade Agreements

USDA Undersecretary for Trade

Indonesia Approves 10 Additional U.S. Establishments

West Coast Port Labor Contract Extension

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Meat Inspection Investigation in Brazil


Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement


Mexico’s Proposed Beef Grading Standards

Japan’s Frozen Beef Safeguard Increases Duty Rate

WTO Ruling on Beef Access to Indonesia

Beef Access to European Union

Atypical BSE Case Detected

Access for U.S. Beef in China

U.S.-Brazil Beef Trade

U.S. Beef Gains Expanded Access to Thailand


CSF Rule for Mexico

EU Pork Access to Russia


Argentina to Open to U.S. Pork

PEDV – Uzbekistan Lifts Ban on U.S. Pork

Chile and Peru


Codex Guidelines for Trichinae


Restoring Access for U.S. Lamb in High-Value Markets


How Corn and Soybean Producers Benefit from Red Meat Exports


USMEF Mission

USMEF Funding Overview


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